A big no to Langford becoming a turf grass town.

A big no to Langford becoming a turf grass town.

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Sarah Willy started this petition to Stuart Young and

Hi there, I'm a mom living in Langford. My daughter loves nature. She likes bees and birds the most. When I heard the plans about putting fake turf grass throughout Langford I was mad. I was mad because at a time with climate change concerns and at risk bee populations, my community was going to change, but not for the better. The mayor says there is no backlash to placing artificial grass everywhere in city spaces and he's not wrong. I am a tired mom, pregnant with my 2nd due any day now, however I have the feeling I am not alone in this. Langfordians care about their ecosystems, wild life and what kind of community we are leaving our children. The reasons why people claim turf grass is better are not accurate when compared to more eco alternatives such as clover or wild flowers. We want Langford to reflect the beauty that surrounds us, such as Gold stream and Langford lake. Artificial grass can damage the roots of trees in the area and the soil can kill microbes. Artificial grass, impacts the amount of insects therefore affecting bird populations. Artificial grass also cannot be cleaned, it cannot regenerate itself, and the longer it is present, the worst it can look and smell, leaving it a burden to future generations. I'm asking you to help me get the ball rolling to prevent this turfing. Please let Young know, we do not want plastic neighborhoods full of polypropylene and polyurethane. Let's again, research alternatives like clover, that require little watering and no herbicides or wild meadows for our at risk bee popluations. Let's build a community for future generations to inherit not decisions we burden them with. I love Langford, let's make it even better for the future, together we can keep Langford natural and beautiful. Thanks for your time. 

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